Motivational interviewing in a family-based pediatric obesity program: A case study

TitleMotivational interviewing in a family-based pediatric obesity program: A case study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsIrby, M, Kaplan, S, Garner-Edwards, D, Kolbash, S, Skelton, JA
JournalFamilies, Systems, and Health
PublisherEducational Publishing Foundation
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1091-75271939-0602
Accession Number2010-21045-004. First Author & Affiliation: Irby, Megan
KeywordsFamily, family based therapy, Family Therapy, motivational interviewing, Obesity, Pediatric, Pediatrics, Treatment

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an effective method for clinicians to guide and support individuals who wish to make complex health behavior changes; however, little research is available to support its use in the treatment of obesity, particularly in family based therapy and multidisciplinary team settings. The objective of this case report is to demonstrate the application of MI within a family based, multidisciplinary treatment program, and provide examples of MI in obesity treatment. We report a case study on the use of MI with behavioral therapy in a pediatric, family based, multidisciplinary weight management program (Brenner FIT Program). Tina, a 14-year-old White female, and her mother participated in the Brenner FIT Program where we successfully integrated MI into her obesity treatment. Further work is needed in the application of MI to diverse care teams to determine frequency of training required for effective use of MI in obesity treatment, its limitations, and its feasibility in community-based programs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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